Breath of Spring: Yoga Retreat in Cancer or Long-term Illness

with Jnani Chapman, RN, BSN, E-RYT 500, and Senior YCat Intern Teachers and Faculty

Welcoming anyone stable in cancer or chronic illness during or post treatment and any support people.

Arrive for lunch on Thursday and stay through lunch on Sunday.

Join us for the 18th annual Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer & Chronic Illness Training (YCat) Yoga Retreat—time out to slow down, take stock, relax and experience the profound benefits of Yoga Therapy practices adapted to your specific needs, all in the gorgeous natural surroundings of Yogaville.

The retreat is hosted by Jnani Chapman, founder of YCat with senior YCat intern teachers and faculty. Attendance is appropriate for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis, whether recent or long ago, who is stable in treatment or having post-treatment recovery issues, and also for anyone who is dealing with stable, chronic illness. Friends and family are welcome too.

During the program you will experience many aspects of Yoga. The practices are gentle and therapeutically adapted to the needs of each participant and will include movement, breathing, meditation, chanting and guided imagery. The YCat practice truly honors the body, mind and spirit. A practice that is gentle and subtle can be the most profound for healing to take place. When the body and mind can let go deeply, true inner peace and joy can reemerge.

As part of this deep healing, we will learn and practice:

Gentle and restorative yoga postures and stretches to ease the body and allow tension to melt away

Breathing and relaxation techniques to energize and release body and mind,

Meditation, guided imagery and chanting to help us go deep within and experience our natural states of peace and joy.

To maintain and deepen the benefits you experience during the retreat, we will also focus on how to develop and maintain a regular practice, including guidance on how to promote self-motivation and self-care upon returning home.

All aspects of the retreat are optional—YCat is committed to each individual and the group’s safety and comfort.

For further information, please contact Devi Fitzsimmons, the YCat Retreat coordinator by phone at 703-930-8321 or by email at

To receive an application form, please contact ARC at or 1-800-858-9642.

Please note: all applications must be received (by post) by February 18, 2014 (allow time for snail mailing!)


Breath of Spring Yoga Retreat in Cancer or Chronic Illness at YogavilleJnani Chapman, RN, BSN, CMT, E-RYT 500, founded and directs YCat Yoga Therapy, training health professionals and Yoga teachers in adaptive Yoga for cancer and chronic illness. The YCat curriculum is in several current research protocols. Jnani is a Yoga therapist in integrative medicine at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and also teaches there for elder services. Jnani was a stress management specialist for Dean Ornish, M.D.’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease and currently teaches Yoga for his prostate cancer post-research group. She has been on staff for the Commonweal Cancer Help Program since 1986 and was a founding clinician for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 2002–2009 and the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1997–2009.




Pat Devi Fitzsimmons, R.N., RYT, YCat Retreat Coordinator, is an Integral Yoga teacher and is passionate about bringing Yoga to people with cancer and chronic illness. She practices nursing at About Women, a full service women’s health OB/GYN practice in Woodbridge, Virginia. She also teaches Yoga for the INOVA “Life with Cancer” program, for Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and with privates and small groups. Devi frequently staffs programs for the Integral Yoga Academy at Yogaville.






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